mysql driver question

Sorry for the cross-post from the deploy list.

I asked my hosting service whether they were using the native ruby mysql driver or the compiled version and they responded with “We use Ruby gems”. Does that mean they use the native ruby driver? I don’t know enough about the architecture to know whether the gem is the driver, or just the api to the driver.



From that response they are using the compiled version, not the native ruby mysql driver. Which, from what I understand, is faster.